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2016 Green Home of the Year Award Winner: Resilient and Ready

Posted by Juliet Grable

Mar 15, 2017 6:00:00 AM

This custom home in the Hamptons was designed and built to withstand the next big storm.

Superstorm Sandy swept through the Hamptons in late October 2012, destroying many homes in the area. Upon learning that their 1940s cottage was “substantially damaged,” the owners decided to start over. Viewing every decision through the lenses of resiliency, durability and sustainability, they built a 21st-century home they call the Sunset Green Home.

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2016 Green Home of the Year Award Winner: Ultra Efficient

Posted by Alan Naditz

Mar 15, 2017 6:00:00 AM

SolHaus homes are compact, ultra-green and one of a kind. And boy, are they popular.

If good things come in small packages, Seattle’s tiny SolHaus community is a green giant. All 10 townhomes sold out before the complex had its grand opening in April 2016, and not just because they’re in the centrally located Capitol Hill area.

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2016 Green Home of the Year Award Winner: Passive Power House

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Mar 15, 2017 6:00:00 AM

With the ultra-green Madrona Passive Home, what goes around comes around—-again and again.

This nearly 3,700-square-foot, single-family custom home in Seattle’s Madrona neighborhood takes energy efficiency to a new high by keeping power needs low. Designed by Shed Architecture & Design and constructed by Hammer & Hand, the PHIUS+ Certified passive house is virtually net zero, according to H&H project supervisor Alex Daisley. Add in the home’s electric charging station, and you have a residence where more energy is generated than needed in a typical year.

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2016 Green Home of the Year Award Winner: An Evolution Revolution

Posted by Alan Naditz

Mar 15, 2017 6:00:00 AM

This student-built tiny house is packed with sustainable technologies and space-saving amenities. People are literally taking it for a spin.

It’s not easy for a disabled veteran and a new service dog to become fast friends. But 30 undergraduate students from Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, Calif., figured out how to make it happen, and did it by thinking small.

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2016 Green Home of the Year Award Winner: Extreme  Measures

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Mar 15, 2017 6:00:00 AM

Sometimes, the most important accomplishment is simply proving something can be done.

Call it a one-of-a-kind solution for a one-of-a-kind scenario. The Home of Innovation Demonstration House is the first single-family home in the Middle East to earn Platinum certification under the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)’s LEED for Homes International Pilot program. It also is designed and built to achieve a net-zero energy balance.

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